Now, months after McCain’s death in August, Trump suddenly cannot stop talking about his old adversary, outraging McCain’s supporters and creating another divide — if only temporary — between himself and congressional Republicans.
Former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, the two men who thwarted McCain’s ambitions to become commander in chief, extolled him as a one-of-a-kind figure the likes of which will not be seen again anytime soon.
Obama and Bush, a Democrat and a Republican, will be joined by a collection of former US presidents, senators, Vietnam-era officials and others paying tribute to the statesman who died Aug. 25 of brain cancer, days shy of his 82nd birthday.
More recently, McCain accused Trump of kowtowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a July summit in Helsinki. It was, McCain said, "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
If it hadn’t been for the Donald Trump presidency, John McCain, who died at 81 on Saturday, would perhaps have been best known around the world as the conservative Republican who lost to Barack Obama in 2008.